Brendan Brown

Brendan Brown

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences


Originally graduating as a soil scientist, Brendan has since devoted his career to working with smallholder farmers of Asia, Africa and the Middle East with the Australian government, United Nations and CGIAR. Working in over 15 countries, projects have been extremely varied from rabbit and honey production in Ghana, irrigated rice production in Cambodia, conservation agriculture promotion in Kenya and effective management of saline soils in Iraq. Brendan became increasing annoyed at the way innovative and sustainable agricultural technologies were both promoted and reported in smallholder agriculture, and in 2014 began a PhD that investigates how research and extension systems might better interact with smallholder farmers, with a particular interest placed on conservation agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa. This led to more than a year of exploration in Africa collecting stories from 325 key informants that helped paint the picture of how farmers learn and implement sustainable intensification technologies. Brendan is driven to ensure that research moves ‘from the shelf to the field’ as we move towards effective technology transfer systems that fosters our movement to more productive and sustainable livelihoods.

PhD: The what, how and why of agricultural adoption in Africa. 

 

Biography: 

Originally graduating as a soil scientist, Brendan has since devoted his career to working with smallholder farmers of Asia, Africa and the Middle East with the Australian government, United Nations and CGIAR. Working in over 15 countries, projects have been extremely varied from rabbit and honey production in Ghana, irrigated rice production in Cambodia, conservation agriculture promotion in Kenya and effective management of saline soils in Iraq. Brendan became increasing annoyed at the way innovative and sustainable agricultural technologies were both promoted and reported in smallholder agriculture, and in 2014 began a PhD that investigates how research and extension systems might better interact with smallholder farmers, with a particular interest placed on conservation agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa. This led to more than a year of exploration in Africa collecting stories from 325 key informants that helped paint the picture of how farmers learn and implement sustainable intensification technologies. Brendan is driven to ensure that research moves ‘from the shelf to the field’ as we move towards effective technology transfer systems that fosters our movement to more productive and sustainable livelihoods. 

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2017 Brown, B., Nuberg, I. & Llewellyn, R. (2017). Negative evaluation of conservation agriculture: perspectives from African smallholder farmers. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, Online, 4, 1-15.
    10.1080/14735903.2017.1336051
    2017 Brown, B., Nuberg, I. & Llewellyn, R. (2017). Stepwise frameworks for understanding the utilisation of conservation agriculture in Africa. Agricultural Systems, 153, C, 11-22.
    10.1016/j.agsy.2017.01.012
    2017 Brown, B., Llewellyn, R. & Nuberg, I. (2017). Global learnings to inform the local adaptation of conservation agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa. Global Food Security, -.
    10.1016/j.gfs.2017.10.002
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2016 Brown, P. R., Llewellyn, R., Nidumolu, U. B., Kuehne, G., Brown, B., Mungai, O. & Ouzman, J. (2016). Development of the public release version of Smallholder ADOPT for developing countries. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2016 Brown, B. J. & Nuberg, I.; (2016); Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food;

This research is conducted through an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) with further financial support offered through the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine of Adelaide University. 

Additionally, the PhD research financially and institutionally supported by the CSIRO agriculture program and CIMMYT socio-economics program and maize CRP.

Tutor for Agricultural science 1A and 1b


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